Dear Suzy and Lowell,
I am sorry to hear of your mom's passing – she was a good neighbor and friend, and will be sadly missed by many. It was wonderful how she would start a softball game in the back yard and get even the shy kids to play, and the croquet games that she would improvise the “rules” for always had everybody laughing. I recall that she was pro-education and instrumental in seeing that both of you went on to college.
She made sure you became competent equestrians, and enrolled you in the junior sailing programs in Southold and Port Jefferson. Those early lessons gave you a lifelong sense of respect for nature and good sportsmanship; Joan wouldn't have tolerated anything less! She was a great cub scout den mother, and the kids in the church nursery school loved her too. It was always about the kids, in her book, all of her life – when she worked at one of the smaller branch libraries of UGA before she retired, she enjoyed being around and helping college students.
She was dedicated to giving her children a better childhood – you know what a dreary childhood she had to survive – and letting them know they were well-loved. Anyone who knew her can see her spirit coming through, in her son and daughter, and you are blessed to have had such a good mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time.
Sarah Hallock, Huntington, NY